How to Build a Better Shower Niche
A tile and stone pro offers detailed instructions for designing and installing a beautiful, custom niche with any type of tile.
Synopsis: Remodeler Joshua Oduin walks through the process of building a shower niche that successfully blends with the surrounding tile and acts as an accent to bring the bathroom together. He explains the importance of location, outlines the differences in using a premade or custom niche box, and walks step by step through the process of installing the niche: first installing the box, then setting the wall tile and mitering the edges, then setting the tile in the niche starting at the bottom before installing the shelf and the upper tile. Detailed photographs and illustrations demonstrate the process.
Niches add a very functional element to any shower enclosure. They can also add beauty. Unfortunately, most lack attention to detail. Too often the placement is off, the wall tile meets the niche awkwardly, or the outside edges are rough and unfinished looking. This is a missed opportunity.
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